Book digitized by Google from the library of Oxford University and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tpb.
July 1, 2013
In a half-ruined palace, a secret group of honorable thieves gather for a tribunal, judging one of their number with terrible crimes. Joining them is the man's brother-in-law, sworn to avenge his awful treatment of his sister. We have stories within stories: lies, treachery, abduction, seduction, patricide, near-infanticide, pistol, mistresses, and a hell of lot of fainting, male and female (often justified). We've barely even begun to explore the palace, which has its own secrets.